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Yejide Kilanko

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Rated as one of the top 5 hottest up and comers on the Canadian writing scene in 2016 by the Globe and Mail, Yejide Kilanko is an exceptional writter.

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Name: Yejide Kilanko 

Pen or Nickname: Yejide Kilanko 

Date of Birth: October 4th 1975

Relationship Status: Married with 3 children

Occupation: Author

GENRE: Fiction, Essay, Poetry


Yejide is a Nigerian writer famous for her book ”Daughters who walk this path” which was among the books shortlisted for the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature.


Yejide was born on October 4th 1975 in Ibadan the Capital of Oyo State, Nigeria to a father who is a university professor.

She holds bachelor degrees in Political Science from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), for Social Work from the University of Victoria (Canada) and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor (Canada).


She started writing as a child, in an Interview she says “One of my fondest childhood memories was staring at the projector screen as my father showed slides from his travels across Australia and New Zealand. How I wanted to travel the world!

Then I discovered faraway places by immersing myself in the pages of a book. Sometimes by squeezing my eyes tight, I saw myself walking down cobbled European streets or swaying a beaded waist to pulsating drum beats from the times when African warriors still ruled the Savannah plains.

My love for reading just about anything I could lay my hands on led to poetry writing when I was twelve. It was the best way I made sense of all those long, angst-filled teenage and young adult years”.

Daughters Who Walk This Path was her first novel. She says that her early years were filled with angst and fustration and she found her escape in books.

In June 2009, she worked in child protection services which granted her constant exposure to heart-wrenching stories of sexual abuse and she struggled to fall and stay asleep and so writing poetry being how she processes her emotions, Daughters Who Walk This Path began as a short poem, The poem then titled "Silence Speaks".

After sharing the poem with her friends living in Nigeria, she was surprised by the discussions that followed with regards to the prevalence of child sexual abuse back home. That led to the decision to write the novel.

The manuscript was her first and it took about a year to write. On August 16, 2010, she sent out queries to several literary agents in the United States. That same day, she received a request for a full manuscript. Exactly one week later, she got an offer of representation "my" fantastic agent.

In May 2011, after she had polished the manuscript, she made submissions to Canadian publishing houses and after 3 days got a deal with Penguin Canada. The book was published in April 2012.


​In April 2012 she published Daughters Who walk this path and in 2016 she published Chasing Butterflies.

The success of Daughters who walk this path was resounding, with the book published in Canada, The United States, Germany and Thailand

She works as a Social worker in child protection and a Therapist in Children’s mental health.


In the year 2000 she married a computer programmer with whom she has 3 kids and immigrated to Laurel, Maryland, USA and stayed at home for a short while to raise her kids. 

As a reader she loves the humour of Cyprian Ekwensi and E.C Osondu and also appreciates the works of Buchi Emecheta, Zulu Sofola, Ama Ata Aidoo, Nadine Mortimer and Chika Unigwe.


Daughters who walk this path Chasing Butterflies



Article Credit: Kenechukwu Edeh

Updated 3 Years ago

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